Louise Mensch is a British conservative politician whose politics are certainly not mine. She does, however, share my gender and thus the usual trollish commentary on women in the public eye. That commentary is based on sexuality, looks and the sluttiness or f***ability of a particular woman.
But there's also more than a hint of true nastiness in some of it:
UPDATE: I’ve just had my attention brought to an article published on Vice.com yesterday titled Question of International Worker’s Day – Hey Crustie, Would you have sex with Louise Mensch? The magazine asked a load of Occupy protesters if they’d sleep with her (the answer was invariably “Yes”) and photographed their responses. As if the premise of the article isn’t disappointing enough, most disgustingly, one of the questions asked was “Would you shag her for revenge?” to which the response was “Yeah, she’s a Tory”. Too vile for words.What does it mean to shag someone for revenge? How does that differ from rape? Or are they the same thing? I get the impression that they are not the same thing but Googling doesn't give me a definition of "a revenge shag," either.
The point, of course, is that this treatment of Louise Mensch is equally applicable to any woman. It's not ultimately about her political views at all. It's about her gender. That she is regarded as deserving such a treatment, because of her political views or whatever else she may have done does not change the fact that different political views by another woman would lend her equally vulnerable to the same trollery, albeit by different trolls.